Cross Country team preps for 2016 season under new leadership, continues to build roster
BY JAMES PAXSON, SPORTS EDITOR
The upcoming Cross Country season will look different for the first time in almost a decade.
Ed Kozloff who coached the Schoolcraft Cross Country team for eight seasons retired at the end of last year season and handed over the program to successor, Wright Wilson.
Wilson brings with him decades of coaching experience. In Wilson’s coaching career he has coached men and women’s track at Royal Oak Shrine from 1989 to 2015. He won statewide men’s coach of the year in 2007, has coached 16 state champion athletes and led the Shrine boys track team to a state-runner up title in 2007. This fall, Wilson is looking to continue the excellence set forth by his predecessor. He has inherited a program filled with history and is striving to improve the program even more. Wilson is no stranger to the Schoolcraft Athletics program, as he has been the PA announcer for the Schoolcraft men and women’s basketball games.
The team is still in search for additional runners to add to its 2016 roster. Currently, the team has one returning veteran, Caitlin Goyer, who is back to compete for her second season. One of Goyers top performances last season was when she competed in the MCCAA championship meet and placed 42 out of 50 other runners.
“Goyer has improved a lot from last year and will keep improving due to her wanting to be a better runner,” said coach Wilson.
Students interested in joining the team, can visit the Athletics Department office located in the Physical Education building on the Livonia
Campus or call 734-462-4804 for more information.
Last season, Lansing Community College’s Men’s and Women’s teams were crowned the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Conference champions. Schoolcraft is will be looking forward to competing with Lansing in the hunt for the top spot of in the conference.
The Ocelots first meet of the 2016 season will be the Golden Grizzly Run on Friday Sept. 2 at Oakland University in Rochester. A week later they will run the U of D Mercy Tommy Titan Invitational in Cass-Benton Park in Northville on Sept. 10.
Rounding out September’s competition calendar are the MSU Spartan Invitational in East Lansing taking place at Forest Akers Golf Club on Friday Sept. 16 and the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Run at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids on Sept. 23.
“The Spartan Invitational for sure because the energy there is like no other meet I have competed in, and we are competing against athletes of all levels,” said sophomore runner Caitlin Goyer.
October the competition heats up for the Ocelots with four invitationals. On Oct. 1, the team will travel to compete at the Oakland Community College Raider Run, which will take place at the Oakland Community College-Highland Lakes campus in Union Lake. On Oct. 7, the Ocelots take to the road to compete at the Lansing Invitational at Grand Woods Park in Lansing.
The Ocelots will get a little breather in the schedule before the EMU Fall Classic on Oct. 21 at Hudson Mills Park in Dexter and will finish off October at the Region 12 Championships on Oct. 29 at Grand Woods Park in Lansing.
The cross-country team has a history of excelling not only athletically but being a team who does well academically in the classroom. Last season, all members of the team had a grade point average of 3.33 or above. Team members and Coach Wilson have the hopes to continue to put student before athlete and by the end of the year have amazing runner’s scores with the combination of an impressive grade point average.